User Manual

User Manual
User Manual
*The signEdje is the perfect solution for High Definition Plasma and LCD digital signage or kiosk applications. It's
compact size makes it easy to conceal in the optional signSleeve VESA 100 or 200 mm compatible mount. The
signEdje features MPEG 2 and AVC/H.264 high definition and standard definition file playback from solid state storage
and IP stream decoding. Whatever your source, it automatically scales the content to match your monitor's
capabilities up to a stunning 1080i high definition display. The media can easily be loaded, managed, and scheduled
for playout using the included mediaControl software.*
Chapter 1 - TheSignEdjeProductIntroduction
Chapter 2 - TheSignEdjeGettingStarted
Chapter 3 - MediaControlInterface
Chapter 4 - How To Guides
- ConnectingToTheSignEdje
- ListBuilding
- ManagingFiles
- SynchronousPlayback
- UsingGraphicFollowsAudio
Appendix - EpisodeTranscodingSoftware
- EncodingAudioMP3Files
- UpgradeToHD
- VideoConnectorCompatibility
(c) 2008 Adtec Digital. All rights reserved. This document may not, in whole or in part, be copied, photocopied,
reproduced and translated, or reduced to any electronic medium or machine-readable form without prior consent in
writing from Adtec Digital.
Trademarks: signEdjeTM is a trademark of Adtec Digital. Dolby and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of
Dolby Laboratories. Other product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
*** Chapter 1 - SignEdje Product Introduction ***
The signEdje is the perfect solution for High Definition Plasma and LCD digital signage or kiosk applications. It's
compact size makes it easy to conceal in the optional signSleeve VESA 100 or 200 mm compatible mount. The
signEdje features MPEG 2 and AVC/H.264 high definition and standard definition file playback from solid state storage
and IP stream decoding. Whatever your source, it automatically scales the content to match your monitor's
capabilities up to a stunning 1080i high definition display. The media can easily be loaded, managed, and scheduled
for playout using the included mediaControl software.
Applications
Retail: Impress customers with high definition (HD) retail digital signage and point of purchase advertising on
Plasma and LCD monitors.
Tradeshows and Museums: Get the detail you need with native HD playback or upscaled standard definition
(SD) for kiosks and interactive displays.
Private IP Networks: Stream live content to the signEdje over IP for point-to-point or multicast playout. Fall
back to playback of stored content when live stream is off.
Benefits
Play AVC/H.264 or MPEG2 HD: Step up to stunning playback of high definition AVC/H.264 and MPEG-2
media.
Automatically Scale SD to HD: Play both SD and HD content with the same player which automatically sizes
video with advanced scalar algorithms to the desired output resolution from 480i up to full HD 1080i.
Control Playout: The signEdje includes a built-in command interface and scheduler that can play a list of files
and loop indefinitely, or be triggered from external control systems from the parallel or serial ports.
Tune into IPTV Networks: Tune in and decode IP Multicast HD content with fall back playout of stored
content.
Synchronize Playback: Deploy multiple players on the same network and get synchronized playback of your
content.
Small Size: signEdje is a powerful multimedia HD player packed in a small package less than 1.5" thick, perfect
to attach to the back of an LCD monitor with the optional signSleeve VESA mount.
Manage Content: The included mediaControl application lets you manage your media, play lists and schedules
on the player while controlling the playout. With the abilty to view log files and real-time playout data,
day-to-day operations and troublshooting is streamlined with mediaControl.
Specs and Requirements
Video
Video Outputs: One decode configurable to DVI-I or Composite (BNC). Cable required for VGA, YUV, HDMI,
RGBHV and RGB.
Error concealment and de-blocking filter.
Video aspect format: 4x3 or 16x9
Back to back frame accurate playback from same output port.
Standard Definition (SD) Decode
MPEG 2 SD MP@ML (max 15Mbps) Full D1. NTSC, PAL B, G.
MPEG 4.2 ASP@L5, Full D1. Rectangular shape video decoding up to 1280X720p30 resolution, support for B
Pictures, data partitioning and error resiliency. No global motion compensation.
MPEG 4.10 (AVC/H.264) BP@L3, MP@L3 and L3.1 (max 5Mbps) up to 720X480 or 720X576 resolution,
including FMO and ASO.
High Definition (HD) Decode
MPEG - 2 MP@HL (max 25Mbps) up to 1920X1080i60 or 1280X720p60 resolution.
MPEG - 4.10 (AVC/H.264) HP@L4.0 and L4.1 (max 15Mbps) up to 1920X1080i60 [1], 1920X1080i50 AVC HD
or 1280X720p60, 1280X720p50 resolution.
Audio
Audio Outputs: S/PDIF digital audio (RCA female), Analog stereo audio (L/R RCA).
Dolby Digital AC-3: Bit rates up to 640kbps. Sample rates of 32, 44.1 and 48KHz. Downmix to 2 channel Dolby
Pro Logic.
MPEG 1 and MPEG 2 Layer I, II and III (MP3) 2.0: Bit rates up to 448kbps (Layer I), 384kbps (Layer II) or
320kbps (Layer III). Sample rates of 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1 and 48KHz. Single channel, dual channel, joint
stereo and stereo modes.
AAC-LC MPEG-2 and MPEG-4:(max 384kbps) Sample rates of 7.35, 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1 and
48KHz.
Communications and Control
Ethernet 10/100 (RJ-45) Half Duplex, Full Duplex, Auto Negotiate
Ethernet Protocols: Telnet and XCP Adtec command API, FTP, HTTP, SNMP (MIBII).
Serial Communications: 2-RS232 (38400-115,200K, 8, 1 N)
Embedded Automation: List, Loop, Schedule and Logging.
Front Panel
Status LEDs: Power, Video, Multicast, Link and Busy
signEdje Digital Signage Player
Adtec optimized POSIX compliant embedded Linux 2.6 kernel
Power: 12 VDC
Kensington Security Slot (K-Slot)
Environmental: 0 to 120 Degrees Fahrenheit, Less than 70% RH, Non-Condensing
mediaControl Application
mediaControl configuration and control application requires one of the following:
Windows 2000 or XP or Linux computer: Intel or AMD 32 bit processor at 2 GHz; 512MB memory; 1024x768 32
Bit color capable graphics card; TCP/IP compatible computer network.
Macintosh OS-X (10.2 or greater) computer: G4 32 bit processor at 1 GHz, G5 64 bit processor (any); 512MB
memory; 1024x768 32 Bit color capable graphics card; TCP/IP compatible computer network.
Models Available
signEdje0: digital signage player for IP decode only (no usable storage).
signEdje4: digital signage player with 4GB solid state storage
signEdje8: digital signage player with 8GB solid state storage
signEdje80: digital signage player with 80GB hard drive storage.
What's Included
signEdje HD Digital Signage Player
12 VDC external power supply and power cable (USA) (PN: EXTPS24WATTKIT?)
mediaControl application control & configuration software for Windows 2000/XP or Macintosh OS X (10.2 or
greater).
Connection Kit: Ethernet cable and serial 9 pin adapter (PN:TERMINALKIT2)
Manual (CAT-019)
Other Options
mediaManage: Enterprise media management server for maintaining a digital signage network.
DVI-I/Component: DVI-I (analog and digital) to Component video cable.
DVI-D/DVI-D: DVI-D to DVI-D digital video cable
DVI-I/VGA: DVI-I (analog and digital) TO VGA cable
DVI/HDMI: DVI digital to HDMI cable (No audio support)
DVI-I/RGBHV: DVI-I (analog and digital) to RGBHV cable
RackShelf w/Hardware: Holds 3 signEdje, power supplies and provides cable ties slots (PN: 200-024-1AKIT)
signSleeve: Mounts 1 signEdje and power supply to the rear of a VESA 100 mm or 200 mm compatible display.
(PN: 200-087-1AKIT)
Copyright Notice and Disclaimer
Specifications subject to change without written notice.
© 2007 Adtec Digital. signEdje and mediaControl™ are trademarks of Adtec Digital. Other product and company
names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. This information may not, in whole
or in part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced and translated, or reduced to any electronic medium or machinereadable form without prior consent in writing from Adtec Digital.
*** Chapter 2 - Getting Started ***
Front Panel
The front panel on your signEdje unit will vary depending on the capacity of the unit you purchased. This front panel
is used on a signEdje 0 - IP only unit. All units use the same LED lights and functions. The only difference is the color
and capacity value on the right side of the panel.
Note that front panel has been increased to show details.
Name
Power
Video
Description
Green - Power on
Off - No Video
Green - video present
Multicast Green if multicast receiving
Link
Off - no link detected
Green - link active
Busy
Off - no traffic
Yellow Flashing - traffic
Back Panel
Name
Description
Audio Out - Unbalance analog audio left channel (RCA)
L
Audio Out - Unbalance analog audio right channel (RCA)
R
S/PDIF
Digital audio (RCA female)
DVI Out
Digital Video Interface (DVI-I) supports both digital(DVI-D) and analog (DVI-A)outputs for VGA and
Component with an optional cable.
Composite Composite video interface.
Video
Com 1
RS-232 terminal monitor for communicating with the internal host motherboard for diagnostics. Use the
enclosed Ethernet cable with the RJ.45 to RS-232 adapter for connection to a host computer. Default
COM settings are 115,200baud, 8 data bits, No Parity, 1 stop bit and no flow control.
Com 2
RS-232 Adtec API control and status terminal port. Use the enclosed Ethernet cable with the RJ-45 to
RS-232 adapter for connection to a host computer. Default COM settings are 38,400 baud, 8 data bits,
No Parity, 1 stop bit and no flow control.
Ethernet
10/100BaseT Ethernet RJ-45 jack.
Power
12 VDC
K - Lock
Kensington Security Slow to be used with a Kensington Slim MicorSave? security cable to prevent
unauthorized removal of the server.
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Serial
Product Serial Number
Number
Parallel Port Used for input or output control *Not to be used with the included terminal kit*
Your player should be placed on your local network and will use the default IP address of 192.168.10.48
Software
mediaControl is the control application for Adtec players and servers. It offers list and schedule building as well as file
management and player control.
Installation of mediaControl (current version 2.2.43)
For Windows: The mediaControl software can be installed on Windows XP and 2000 machines. Refer to the system
requirements in Chapter 1 for additional information. Insert the installation CD into your computer. The install
program will automatically launch. If it does not, locate the CD drive via “My Computer” and double-click the
mediaControl Installer icon. The wizard will walk you through the installation process. After installation, the icon for
the application can be found on the desktop and in the start menu in the mediaControl folder.
For MAC: The mediaControl software can be installed on MAC OSX (10.2 or greater). Refer to the system
requirements in Chapter 1 for additional information. Insert the CD into your computer. When the CD appears on the
Desktop, double-click on the icon and then on the mediaControl Installer icon. The wizard will take you through the
installation process. After installation, the launch icon for the application can be found on the dock and in the
Applications/Adtec/bin/ folder. You will need to restart your MAC.
For Linux: The mediaControl software can be installed on Linux as well. The included mediaControl CD contains a
Linux install that can run from command line.
Navigation Panel
Once mediaControl has been installed on your desktop, you will be able to configure your settings and connect to
your player. You will see the following headers available in the navigation panel of mediaControl.
Connect - Allows you to add, edit and save connections to your player.
Control - The control section of the navigation panel allows you to build a list, schedule or control the player playout.
Manage - Manage provides you with a file management tool that will allow you to move files between your player
and your PC as well as other destinations.
Configure - Configure has several sub headers that allow you to configure Network, Decoder, Channels, Graphics,
Scaling, Command Actions and Destination setup.
Tools - The Tools section assists you in upgrading your player or mediaControl software. You also have the ability to
view logs and issue commands to your player or server via the Terminal interface.
Help - General version information and Technical Support.
*** Chapter 3 - Media Control Interface Overview ***
Adtec's Java-based user interface, mediaControl, can be used to configure and control the signEdje Digital Signage
Player. Command and Control functions for the device are grouped on four main menus in the left-hand navigation
window when mediaControl is being used. Each menu has functional sub-pages which specify the unit's operations.
This article provides a high-level overview of these menus and their sub-pages.
Control Menu
The control menu is used to detemine how the Adtec signEdje player plays video content- where it goes, when, and in
what order.
Manage Menu
The two Manage menus are used to organize and control the files that will make up your digital signage
presentation.
Manage-Media
The Manage Media screen groups controls into four main categories:
Radio buttons
used to access specific locations (folders) on the player's internal memory.
Button
Function
Media
search for any file
List
search for SMIL files
Schedule search for DVC files
Graphic search for OSD files
System Status Bars
graphic representation of the player's drive capacity and performance. Note: if you experience difficulty upgrading
your player's firmware from Adtec's servers, check to be sure you have at least 85% of the internal drive's memory
space available.
PC
This window and path box above it allow you to search for files on your PC through mediaControl. Buttons grouped
around the main window allow you to set the path as your default, move up a level on the PC's file structure, delete
files, rename files, and refresh the display.
Server
Displays files stored on the player's internal memory drive. Buttons grouped around the main window allow you to
move up a level on the drive's file structure, delete files, rename files, and refresh the display.
Arrow buttons located between the PC and Server windows copy selected files from one drive to another. To select a
file, highlight it.
Manage-Destination
Description:
The Manage-Destination screen lists what files have been designated for playout on other players, routers, or
decoders. This is useful when multiple content is desired in mutliple displays, and is the heart of what makes the
Adtec signEdjeTM Digital Signage Player so versatile. This screen is used in conjunction with the ConfigureDestination screen, described below.
Screenshot:
Configure Menu
Introduction: the Configure menu is used to control various detail aspects of the players output.
Sub-pages:
Networking
Screenshot:
Purpose: the Networking menu defines your player's relationship to the other components of your network. There
are 6 groups of text fields (see list below) where information must be entered in order for your player to know
"where" it is and where it's "partner" components are located. Remember to cick "Save" once data has been entered.
Communication
File Transfer
Host
Date and Time
Netowork Time Server
Multicast
Decoder
Screenshot:
The Configure-Decoder screen controls the display aspects of your player. There are three control groups on this
screen:
Video
Control
Purpose
Display
television resolution; set to match resolution of the
Target
intended display; unit will scale up/ down to match
Options
common resolution target standards; see
Supported Video Targets for complete list
Blank
Mode
Repeat
what the player does between shows- displays a black
screen or holds the last image from the last file in the
playout list
controls how the player loops (repeats) content.
Startup
controls what displays during unit startup
No video
Black
Hold
Off
One
One (seamless)
All (Default)
Last
Off
On (default)
Audio
The Audio control consists of a pull-down menu for SPDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format) which controls
whether the digital audio will be sent compressed or uncompressed. The pulldown menu can turn the feature off, or
specify compressed or uncompressed digital audio.
Synchronous Playback
This control determines the role the player will perform when playing the same content to multiple locations. Options
in the pull-down turn the feature off, designate the player a master or a slave, and make hierarchical assignments
within a master/slave relationship.
Channel
Screenshot:
Purpose: used to select specific programs (channels) from a multicast stream and make them available for playout
from the Control-Playout screen. Text fields on this screen are common for itemizing the specifications of an IP
multicast stream.
Graphic
Screenshot:
Purpose: the ConfigureGraphic Overlays menu is used to fine-tune the postion of graphic images on the target display. Remember to click
"Save" for each target and click "New" to set up another target.
Scaling
Screenshot:
Purpose: Configure-Video Scaling is used to fine-tune the size of images on the target display. Remember to click
"Save" for each target and click "New" to set up another target.
Command
This screen is not supported by the signEdje's firmware. Ignore it.
Destination
Screenshot:
Purpose: used to designate where the signEdje will send it's contents. For multiple destinations, the particulars for
each must be entered and saved; they will then appear in the Destination list on the screen's right-hand side. The
Manage-Destination screen is then used to schedule playout to various stored destinations.
Tools
Usage
Tool
Terminal Used to communicate directly with the unit via API Commands. An API command list for the unit can be
found by pointing a web browser to the unit's IP Address and typing media/hd0/media in the URL address
line.
Log
Lists
Upgrade Used to connect to Adtec's upgrade servers for online upgrades available for your Adtec signEdje Digital
Signage Player's firmware. The upper window of this screen lists firmware installed on the player. Selecting
a listed file will display it in the text box, and you have the option to delete it (not recommended).
The lower window will list available firmware updates. Select an item you wish to update on your player, and
click "download".
Screenshots:
Log:
Upgrade:
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Connecting to your signEdje Digital Signage Player
Before you configure your player, you will need to establish a connection.
The default IP for the signEdje is 192.168.10.48.
Telnet Connection
To connect to your signEdje player using a Telnet connection, attach your signEdje to your local network and launch a
terminal window. Type telnet and hit enter. Logon with the username adtec and password none . Once you are
connected, you can begin using the API commands noted in our API documentation to control your box. For a
complete list of available API commands, point a web browser to the IP Address of your signEdje and view the Adtec
API notes.
Serial Connection
To use a serial connection with your signEdje, use the terminal kit included with your purchase. This terminal kit
contains a standard ethernet cable and a serial 9 pin adapter. Plug the ethernet cable into the back of your signEdje
using the port labeled COM2. The other end of the ethernet cable should be plugged into the RS232 connector (also
part of the terminal kit). The RS232 should then be connected to your computer either directly or with a USB
converter (not included).
Note: Adtec testers have noted that the use of a USB converter sometimes provides mixed results. A direct
connection with RS232 will serve best. You can use a serial connection utility such as Teraterm or the included
mediaControl application.
Using Teraterm
Control
Setting
PORT
The COM port you select in the application window represents the COM port on your computer that you
wish to communicate from.
It is not the COM port number from the back of your signEdje.
BAUD
The baud rate depends on the connection to the back of the Adtec signEdje . If your terminal kit is
RATE
connected to the COM 1 port on the back of the Adtec signEdje player, your Baud rate is 115200 and you
will have access to diagnostic information. If your terminal kit is connected to the COM 2 port on the back
of your signEdje player, your baud rate will be 38,400. The COM 2 port on the back of the signEdje player
is used for talking to the Adtec API.
DATA
Should be set to 8 bit
PARITY
Should be set to none
STOP
Should be set to 1 bit
FLOW
Should be set to none.
CONTROL
Using mediaControl Launch the mediaControl application. mediaControl will display a popup window showing you
the connection status. If this is the first time using mediaControl, it will attempt to connect via the default IP settings
that are established on the player. Otherwise, mediaControl will attempt to connect to the last player it was
connected to prior to shutting down. To bypass this, click on the cancel button. Click on the Connection header in the
mediaControl navigation panel. You will see the following screen.
Note: Clicking on the Advanced checkbox hides/shows additional fields.
Control
DESCRIPTION
IP ADDRESS
CONNECTION
TYPE
COM PORT
Setting
Enter a unique name in the Description field. This is a descriptive field.
IP Address of your unit. This IPA does not need to be valid when creating a serial connection, but is a
required field for making a connection. If you do not know what the IPA of your box will ultimately
be, just use the default setting of 192.168.10.48.
Select Serial from the drop down menu.
The COM port you select in the application window represents the COM port on your computer that
you wish to communicate from. It is NOT the COM port number from the back of your signEdje.
| BAUD RATE | The baud rate depends on the connection to the back of the signEdje.
If your terminal kit is connected to the COM 1 port on the back of the signEdje, your Baud rate is 115200 and you will
have access to diagnostic information.
If your terminal kit is connected to the COM 2 port on the back of your signEdje, your baud rate will be 38,400. The
COM 2 port on the back of the signEdje is used for talking to the Adtec API. Click on the save button and then the
connect button. mediaControl will then connect to your unit allowing you to make modifications. |
IP Connection with mediaControl
Launch the mediaControl application. mediaControl will display a popup window showing you the connection status. If
this is the first time using mediaControl, it will attempt to connect via the default IP settings that are established on
the player. Otherwise, mediaControl will attempt to connect to the last player it was connected to prior to shutting
down.
Click on the Connection header in the mediaControl navigation panel. You will see the following screen:
Enter a unique name in the Description field and the IP Address of your unit. If this is the first time you are
connecting to your box, use the default IPA of 192.168.10.48.
Click the "Save" button, then click "Connect". mediaControl will then connect to your unit allowing you to make
modifications.
To open that connection, you can double-click on the connection name in the navigation panel click on the connect
button from the Connections Configure Panel. Once you have established a connection, you can continue to configure
your player.
The instructions given in this document from this point forward are specific to using mediaControl with your player. If
you wish to communicate directly to the box using serial or telnet, refer to the api documentation located on the
player.
To view the API documentation, place your player on the LAN and point any web browser to the IPA of the box;
for example, http://192.168.10.48/
You will be able to click on the link for ADTEC API and view the API commands available for your product.
List Building
To create a list, click on the <Control - List> header in the navigation panel.
Play Individual Files
You can play individual media files or create lists for playback.
To play a single file, find the file within the "Inventory" section of "Control - List" page.
There are three ways to play the file:
Double-click on the file in "Inventory".
Right-click on the file and click <Play>.
Highlight the file in the inventory list and click on the <Play> button at the top of the application.
Click on <Stop> at any time to stop playout.
From the inventory list, you can view the following data about the file.
Label
Data
File Name name of the media file
Duration the length of the media file, format HH:MM:SS.millisecond
File Size the file size in MB of the media file
Date Time the time/date stamp of the media file on the server.
CODEC
the compression format of the media file (AVC, MPEG2, etc)
Video Rate the rate of the video component of the file in Mbps.
MUX
the multiplex format such as spts – single program transport stream.
A1
audio channel 1, for example dolby ac-3
A2
audio channel 2, for example layer2 for MPEG2 Layer 2 audio.
width
the horizontal resolution of the file
Length
the vertical resolution of the file
You can quickly filter the inventory to show All/Media/Graphics, or type in the first few letters of the file name
and click <Refresh>.
The "Refresh" button on the top-right hand corner is used to update the list of contents on the player.
List Creation and Playout
The media player can play a list of files and optionally loop the list indefinitely. The Control > List area provides a way
to view, run, edit and save lists on the media player. When you connect to the media player, mediaControl will get all
the available lists stored on the server. Selecting one of the lists will show all the items in the list which will be played
out. Note that the last played list will automatically play when the media player starts up.
Play a List: - Select the desired list and click the Play icon. (optional right click on the list and select Play)
Modify a List: - Select the desired list to show all the items in the list.
- Add content to the list with a drag & drop from the media server inventory (optionally right click on the item and
select Add to List).
- Remove or re-order content in a list by right clicking in the list area and selecting the desired action.
NOTE: Once you have modified the list, click “Save” to save the list to the media player.
Create a New List: - Enter a list name and click “New” in the list area.
- Add content to the list with a drag & drop from the media player inventory (optionally right click on the item and
select Add to List).
- Remove or re-order content in a list by right clicking in the list area and selecting the desired action.
NOTE: Once you have modified the list, click “Save” to save the list to the media player.
Load an Existing List: - From the list area, click the Browse button and select the list from your hard drive.
- Click Save to save the list to the media player.
Looping a List: - You can control how a list is played by changing the repeat mode under Configure Playout.
- The repeat setting specifies how lists play on the media player. Repeat All will loop a list or file, One will repeat the
first item in the list, Last will play the list and repeat the last item in the list. Repeat One (Seamless) is a special
mode that will loop one media file with no transitions for a more seamless effect.
- Click Save to save the setting to the media player.
Files are managed on the two managment screens, "Manage-Media" and "Manage-Destinations".
Manage-Media allows you to move files between your local network and signEdje player.
Manage-Destination allows you to move files from your signEdje unit to other destinations (Adtec units or
servers).
Manage-Media
Button
Media
shows
List
shows
Schedule shows
Graphic shows
all
all
all
all
files
files
files
files
located
located
located
located
Purpose
in the MEDIA folder on your unit
in the LIST folder on your unit
in the SCH folder on your unit
in the OSD folder on your unit
You can use these radio buttons to display these files on either your control PC or the signEdje's own on-board
memory. Located files will be displayed in one of the two text windows.
For more information on using this screen, refer to the "Manage menu" topic in the " mediaControl Interface" chapter.
Manage-Destination
Manage-Destination lists available files in the left-hand window and available destinations (previously set in the
"Configure-Destinations" screen; see the " mediaControl Interface" chapter for further information) in the right-hand
window. Also appearing are the type-search radio buttons described above. To set up files for playout to a specific
destination:
Action
Step
1
Select a file in the "Server" window.
2
3
Select a destination in the "Destinations" window.
Click "Send", located beneath and to the right of the "Destinations" window.
A playout list then populates at the bottom of the screen.
Screenshot:
Navigate Folders
Under Manage, click on <Media>, <Lists> or <Schedules> to change the default file locations.
You can navigate on your PC by entering the path directly and then clicking GO or you can click into
folders or the Up arrow ^ to go up a folder.
If you want to keep a specific folder location, click on Set As Default which will store that path.
Note that locations on the media server are as follows:
Media: /media/hd0/media/
Lists: /media/hd0/list/
Schedules: /media/hd0/dvc/
Synchronous Playback
Description:
Synchronous playback is a feature of Adtec decoders which allows multiple decoders to synchronize content, provided
they are on the same network. One unit is designated as 'master', which is tracked synchronously by units that are
designated as 'slaves'. The synchronization is transmitted over an Ethernet connection using broadcast packets.
How to Use this feature
With mediaControl
Step
Action
1
Find the Configure-Decoder tab.
2
While connected to the unit you wish to serve as the Master, select "MASTER" from the "STC Beacon"
drop-down list.
3
While connected to the units you wish to serve as Slaves, select "SLAVE" from the "STC Beacon" drop-down
list.
Using Telnet and API Commands
Step
Action
1
For the unit serving as the Master, issue:
*.DCMD STC 100
* CF SAVE
2
For the unit(s) serving as Slaves, issue:
*.DCMD STC 1 (1 Slave) or X0 for multiple units (X = 1-9)
* CF SAVE
Operations:
All Slave units REPEAT Mode will automatically follow the REPEAT setting of the Master Unit. All Units (Master and all
Slave Units) must have a LIST (even if it's only one clip). All Units (Master and all Slave Units) must have the
same quantity of clips in their lists. All Clips at the same position within the list (Master and all Slave Units) must be
same length.
CLIP#MASTER SLAVE #1 SLAVE #2-X
#1
30 sec
30 sec
30 sec
#2
10 sec
10 sec
10 sec
#3
1 hour
1 hour
1 hour
#4
10 min
10 min
10 min
In conjunction with Display Matrix:
Step
Action
1 Create your content.
When creating content for synchronous playback to be used with the Display Matrix, you should be aware of
your overall display area. (ex. 2X2, 3X3 or 4X4) .
You should use the dimensions of the overall piece.
If each display is 1920 by 1080 and your overall display is 2 by 2, then the size of your content would be 3840
by 2160.
This will allow you to use the same piece of content on all four of your screens.
Keep in mind that your final content needs to be included in an MPEG 2 Transport Stream.
2 Once you have your content, upload it to the units and create a list.
3 Select one of the units to act as the master and set the other three units as slaves.
To do this with the Adtec's mediaControl User Interface:
1. connect to the unit.
2. select the Decoder tab.
3. find the drop-down box for "STC Beacon" and select "Master".
4. repeat this process to create the three Slave units, selecting "Slave".
To do this via Telnet:
1. log into the unit.
2. use the * STC command to configure the unit.
3. See the API documention provided by pointing a browser to the IPA of the unit for more details.
4 Set up the Display Matrix to utilize specific sections of the screen.
See the API notes on the * DMX command for additional details.
The overall result is that you have created one piece of content that can be spread proportionally on a video wall.
Graphic Follows Audio
Description:
Graphic Follows Audio or GFA is a feature of the firmware and requires no configuration. It allows for the display of a
specific OSD Graphic to coincide at the same time and duration as a specified audio file. The OSD will display in the
center of the screen at full resolution automatically.
How to Use this feature:
Action
Step
1
Create your audio file using the audio specifications referenced below as a guideline.
2
Create your graphic with your display target resolution in mind.
3
Name your audio and graphic file the same name. [ex. myfilename.mp3 , myfilename.png ]
4
Load both into your unit and create a list for your audio file (s).
When the list plays and the system prepares to play the audio file, it will look for a corresponding OSD.
If one is found, it will display it. When the audio file ends, the OSD will be removed.
Audio Standards Guide
Audio Standard
Dolby Digital AC-3
MPEG 1
MPEG 2 Layer I, II and III
(MP3) 2.0
AAC-LC MPEG-2
MPEG-4
Bit Rate
Sample Rate(s)
Notes
KHz
up to 640kbps
32
Downmix to 2 channel Dolby Pro Logic
44.1
48
up to:
16
Single channel, dual channel, joint stereo and
448kbps (Layer 22.05
stereo modes
I)
24
384kbps (Layer 32
II)
44.1
320kbps (Layer 48
III)
max 384kbps
7.35
8
11.025
12
16
22.05
24,
32,
44.1
48
Introduction
Adtec Digital uses and recommends EpisodeTM software for transcoding digital video and audio files from one format
to another. EpisodeTM is a product of Flip4Mac.comR and is available on their website for purchase and download.
Transcoding can translate a file from one format into another- for example, an MPEG2 file could be converted into
an MPEG4 file. Content can be re-used with minimal effort and expense.
Procedure
Step
Action
1
Select your target format; In the Menu, select "Compressions Settings", then pick a template.
To change or fine-tune the settings on a template, double-click it and a dialog stack will open in the Main
Window.
For more, see the 'Compression Settings' section following this procedure.
2
Destination folder- designate the place where you want your transcoded file to be written to. It can be on your
PC or any networked resource with storage capacity that your computer is linked to.
3
In the Destination folder, set the naming convention for your file.
4
Drag the Compression setting (template name) you are using to drop it over the file(s) you want to transcode.
-To apply a compression setting to more than one target file (file to be transcoded), right-click on the
Compression setting name and select "Apply to All Files in Batch".
5
Press the "Play" button to begin the transcoding process.
-Status bars give a visual reference of the transcoding process of individual files:
* the green portion of the bar is transcoded content.
* the gray portion is the program looking ahead in the file's frames looking for duplicate information to reduce
transcoding time and resultant file size.
* this preview can be adjusted; in practice, 75 frames has been found to be an effective preview "depth" for the
H264 Compression setting.
-To view Status bars on batched files, expand the file information.
When the transcoding process is complete, the file status will read "Done" and the transcoded file will now exist at the
location specified in "Destination".
Compression Settings
Opening a Compressions Settings template accesses a dialog stack that can be used to fine-tune the settings used to
transcode the target file. It can also be used to create a custom template.There are seven tabs in the stack:
Tab Name
Purpose
Output
determines how the file will be stored and in which format.
- Settings here drive the options available on the Video and Audio tabs.
Video
used to make detailed changes regarding the video format the file will be transcoded into
Audio
used to make detailed changes regarding the audio format the file will be transcoded into
Metadata optional information about the target file
Stream
not used in basic transcoding operations
Engine
not used in basic transcoding operations
Description used as a "notepad" to describe a template
itunes Version: 7 Documented: 9/27/07 ADTEC DIGITAL, INC. itunes Settings
MP3 Audio Import Setup
1. Select “itunes>Preferences
3. Select “Advanced” button
4. Select “Importing” button
5. Import Using: Select “MP3 Encoder”
6. Recommended Setting: “High Quality (160 kbs)”
Upgrade a Standard Definition signEdje to High Definition
If you have an SD signEdje that you want to upgrade to HD capabilities, please contact your Adtec Support
Representative. You will need to purchase a HD feature key to unlock the HD playback in your device.
The Adtec representative will need to know your unit's unique permanent
key ID in order to make your feature key. Using the Adtec API terminal,
type "*.sysd fe"<enter> and see a response like:
*.sysd fe
0
0123456
<-- permanent key ID
0000000
00 0000 HighDef
b) From this permanent key ID, your Adtec representative will be able to
give you a HighDef feature key. To apply this key, enter the following command.
*.sysd fea HighDef <key>
OK
If "OK" is returned, you now have HighDef enabled. If you see an error
message, you may have mistyped the key or the key name ("HighDef").
Adtec Video Modes and Connector Compatibility
Reference
With the wide variety of display targets supported by modern video decoders, and the multitude of video monitors
that can be used, it can be challenging to match a display target to compatible type of video input connector. Adtec
Digital has created this reference to make it easier to match video monitors and their input connectors to compatible
display target settings in our products, in order to get the best performance out of your Adtec Digital device.
Here are some common rules regarding the matching of your video input connector with the display targets it
supports:
Video display targets must be selected based on the monitor type that will display them. In this reference, we
list out the display targets specific to televisions and PC monitors.
Display targets must also be matched to the connector type.
DVI connections support both television standards and PC monitor standards.
If you are using a DVI connector, match the display target to the monitor type.
Newer LCD and plasma monitors may support both television standards and PC monitor standards.
If you are using an LCD or plasma monitor, match the display target to the connection type.
Use PC monitor standard display targets for VGA connections
Use TV standard display targets for other connections.
If you are using a converter/adaptor cable (for example converting HDMI to DVI), the connector to consider is
the one that plugs into the monitor- that connector must determine the display target used.
Television Standards
If you are connecting your device to a television or monitor that supports television standards, you should use one of
the following connections and display targets.
Compatible Connections
Connector on
Connector Signal Colorspace
Adtec Device
on Display
Composite (BNC Composite
analogYCrCb?
or RCA)
(BNC or RCA)
Image
Notes
Provides only video. For
audio, use separate SPDIF,
RCA (l /r) or unbalanced
audio cable depending on
the Adtec Device.
7 - PIN Media
Port (Soloist
4111 Only)
1.Composite analog YCrCb?
(BNC)
2. S/Video - 4
PIN
3. SPDIF
Audio
Provides video on either
BNC or S-Video. For audio,
use SPDIF or a separate
unbalanced audio cable.
DVI
Single Link
Component
(RGB)
Provides only video. For
audio, use separate SPDIF,
RCA (l /r) or unbalanced
audio cable depending on
the Adtec Device.
analog RGB
DVI
Single Link
DVI
digital YCrCb? or
RGB
Provides only video. For
audio, use separate SPDIF,
RCA (l /r) or unbalanced
audio cable depending on
the Adtec Device.
DVI
Single Link
HDMI
digital YCrCb? or
RGB
Provides audio and video.
HDMI (Soloist HD HDMI
Pro and
mediaHUB HD
Pro Only)
digital YCrCb? or
RGB
Provides audio and video
Display Targets
NTSC NTSC-J PAL
PAL-M 720P24 720P50
720P59 720P60 1080P24 1080I50 1080I59 1080I60 1080P50 1080P59 1080P60
Note: Display Targets 720p59, 1080i59 and 1080p59 are future targets
PC Monitor Standards
If you are connecting your device to a PC Monitor or to a monitor that supports PC Graphic Standards, you should use
one of the following Connections and display targets.
Compatible Connections
Connector
Connector Signal Colorspace
on Adtec
on Display
Device
DVI
VGA (DB15) analog RGB
Single Link
DVI
Single Link
DVI
digital
or
analog
RGB
Image
Notes
Provides only video. For audio,
use separate SPDIF, RCA (l /r)
or unbalanced audio cable
depending on the Adtec
Device.
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Display Targets (Video Configurations)
VESA800X600X75?VESA1280X768X85?
VESA640X350X85?VESA800X600X85? VESA1280X960X60?
VESA640X400X85?VESA848X480X60? VESA1280X960X85?
VESA640X480X60?VESA1024X768X43?VESA1280X1024X60?
VESA640X480X72?VESA1024X768X60?VESA1280X1024X75?
VESA640X480X75?VESA1024X768X70?VESA1280X1024X85?
VESA640X480X85?VESA1024X768X75?VESA1360X768X60?
Provides only video. For audio,
use separate SPDIF, RCA (l /r)
or unbalanced audio cable
depending on the Adtec
Device.
VESA720X400X60?VESA1024X768X85?VESA1400X1050X60?
VESA800X600X56?VESA1152X864X75?VESA1400X1050X75?
VESA800X600X60?VESA1280X768X60?VESA1600X1200X60?
VESA800X600X72?VESA1280X768X75?VESA1920X1200X60?
XGA1080i50*
XGA1080i60*
* Note: XGA 1080i 50 and XGA1080i60 are "custom" display targets and are not recognized within the industry.
They are also only available on firmware builds 2.02.10 and up on specific Adtec products- the signEdje, edje4111,
Soloist HD Pro, and the Soloist4111.
Troubleshooting Guide
Cause
The colorspace of the selected display target does not match the
monitor and/or connection type used. Either switch your video
display target or switch your connector.
No video is displayed or the monitor reports that Possibility 1: The wrong input is selected on your monitor.
it has 'no sync' or 'out of range'
Possibility 2: A display target has been chosen that is not supported
by your monitor.
The video is displayed but does not fill the entire Possibility 1: The view mode of the monitor is set incorrectly (fullscreen, there may be black bars on the top and screen, stretch, dot-for-dot, through, etc.)
bottom or on the sides
Possibility 2: The monitor input being used is expecting a different
resolution (aspect ratio) than the selected display target is
providing
Issue
The video displays but appears shaded in
magenta or green.
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